Prep Your Lips for a Valentine’s Day Kiss

From a good-bye kiss on the cheek of your wee one to a long, slow smooch with your honey, you'll want your lips to be extra soft for the big day.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. We don’t mean to be cheeky (or lippy for that matter), but are your lips ready to pucker up?

If you’re noticing that after the long and very busy month of January you have dry, chapped, tired lips, you are certainly not alone. The oh-so-delicate skin on our lips is especially susceptible to winter elements, meaning a little extra tender loving care might be required before that kiss becomes smooth as silk.

Don’t know where to begin? See below for all of the tips and tricks you’ll need for smooth, kissable lips.

Sweet, Soft Smooches

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Buff your lips to pouting perfection with our limited edition Valentine’s Day lip scrub! Deliciously sweet and perfectly pink, this sugary scrub is topped off with a touch of sea salt and creamy fair trade organic cocoa butter. It will polish your lips and leave them soft, smooth and ready for some serious smooching. Go ahead: kiss and tell!

The Kiss Lip Scrub, $10. Available at Lush.ca.

Chapped Lips

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Whether your lips become drastically dry in cold weather, you are a chronic lip licker or your favourite lipstick leaves your lips parched at the end of the day, Skinfix’s new Lip Repair Balm has you covered. This lightweight yet deeply hydrating formula soothes, softens and banishes dry lips on contact.

SkinFix Lip Repair Balm, $5. Available at SkinFixInc.

Wipe That Smile Off

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Infused with Bite Beauty’s signature Superfruit flavor, these wipes are formulated just for lips. They soothe and hydrate while removing your lip color for healthy-looking lips that are prepped for a color application. Use these wipes to hydrate and mattify on the go.

Bite Lush Lip Wipes, $12. Available at Sephora

Prep + Prime

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Before you apply that statement lip colour, we suggest getting acquainted with a lip primer. What’s that, you ask? A colour-free lipstick base that adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips and reduces feathering of applied lipstick. Win. Win. Win.

Mac Prep + Prime, $21. Available at MacCosmetics

Plump, Plump Them Up

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This 2-in-1 cooling aqua balm treatment and primer keeps your pout looking and feeling full and plump. As the product disperses on the lips, the water evaporates, leaving a conditioning shield, which seals in moisture and delivers volumizing actives. Lips are prepped for colour-true application through high performance pigments that neutralize discolouration and imperfections of the lips.

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer, $27. Available at ShoppersDrugMart

Go Au Naturale

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Get a shiny pink pout all your own with this intuitive silky gloss by Smashbox that reacts with your personal skin chemistry to transform from clear into your own custom shade of pink. The innovative formula is packed with exclusive Goji Berry-C Complex, ginkgo biloba and pomegranate seed antioxidants along with revitalizing marine botanicals and moisturizing avocado oil for lustrous shine.

Smashbox O-GLOSS Intuitive Lip Gloss, $35. Available at Nordstrom

Find Your Perfect Match

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Wearing a perfect shade stops others from throwing it…but how do you make sure you have it? If you’re looking for the natural look of your-lips-only-better, try finding a shade that matches your finger tip…that will always look natural, sweet and simple. If you want to go darker, go with the shade you sport on the inside of your lip. Sticking to these two shades will keep you from wearing something that is not your shade, which is safest if you are running out the door without a lot of time, tucking in kidlets before heading out for dinner or even just staying home on the couch to snuggle with all of your favourite Valentine’s Day Dates.

Use these tips to master your 5-minute lip

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